Times Square NYPD Substation Demolished Ahead of Glossy Makeover

Posted on: April 12th, 2018 at 5:09 am by

Nothing antiquated lasts in Times Square.

The longtime NYPD bunker in the heart of the crossroads – which heretofore included a single jail cell and police lockers – is amidst demolition ahead of a complete makeover.

A wrecking crew is currently disposing of the one-story brick box. Gone are the “New York Police Dept” neons; and even the Edward Meshekoff mosaics – installed in 1957 – are likewise out of luck. (It’s unclear what will happen to them.) As of last week, the sixty-one-year-old structure is stripped to its bones.

Expect more glass…

Plans for the 1,000 square-foot substation rehabilitation were first announced two years ago, with an expected completion date at the end of 2016. The delayed $3.5 million project will convert the substation into an attraction (of course) for visitors and recruits that includes an exhibition space and informational kiosks. The New York Times reported at the time that the new substation would be a “sleek, modern space fit for today’s Times Square.”

In the meantime, the offices are replaced with a temporary mobile trailer sitting adjacent to the site.

The law enforcement hub wasn’t always on this spot, though. In fact, its original function upon construction in 1957 was the Times Square Information Center. (So the new use does relate.) Cops took it over in 1993, having moved from a previous incarnation of the station one block south in what formerly housed one of the largest porn shops (i.e. Crossroads Bookstore).

An estimated 300,000 pedestrians, the majority of whom are tourists, pass through the area any given day.

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